Raptors To Shop Bargnani Aggressively

June 1 2013 at 12:14pm CST By Zach Links

Masai Ujiri has barely had a chance to change the nameplate on his desk, but he already knows what his first order of business will be as Raptors GM.  The club will look to shop big man Andrea Bargnani everywhere possible in order to move him before July 1st, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (via Twitter).

This is hardly the first time that the Raptors have been keen on trading Bargnani, but finding a trade that brings back a decent return has proved challenging for them in the past.  The Italian forward is set to make $11MM next season and $12MM in 2014/15.  

The former No. 1 overall pick has been beset by the injury bug and has often times looked out of place in the Raptors’ offense.  This past season he averaged just 12.7 PPG and 3.7 RPG in 35 games.

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